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Find Your Community in the SHSU Department of Art

The Department of Art, in the College of Arts & Media at Sam Houston State University, offers Bachelor of Fine Art degree programs in Animation, Graphic Design, Photography, and Studio Art. The professional BFA degrees prepare students for professional practice and/or graduate studies. BFA students can take additional courses in Secondary Education to be certified to teach Art in Texas Public Schools.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Art is a Liberal Arts Degree that combines a breadth of general studies in humanities, sciences, and social sciences with a general study of Art.

The Department of Art offers minors in Art History, Graphic Design, Photography, and 2D and 3D Studio Art.

SHSU is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and all of the programs and facilities in the Department of Art meet NASAD standards. The Animation and Graphic Design programs are ranked among the top schools in the state. Graduates of our programs are working in animation and graphic design studios throughout the state, the country, and internationally, and are exhibiting in galleries and museums around the world. SHSU alumni are teaching art, photography, graphic design, and animation at high schools throughout the state.

The Department is committed to community engagement and promotes exhibitions and activities that support and involve the local community. Our programs are housed in the new SHSU Art Complex completed in Fall 2019. The building includes over 71,000 square feet of studios, galleries and classrooms designed to meet the highest safety and environmental standards. The Art Complex is a beautiful space where art can be created and exhibited and students from all of our programs can interact and inspire one another.

A new MFA in Art and Social Practice will be offered in Fall 2021. Applications will be available in October.

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Department of Art Box 2089, Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 77341-2089 Phone: 936.294.4311